Many car owners dread those routine stops at the gas station to fill up the tank.
But what if you never had to go to a gas station again?
For a $20-a-month subscription fee, gas delivery startup Yoshi will come to your work or office and fill up your gas tank for you. The gas costs whatever auto club AAA reports is the average price for your area on that day, Yoshi CEO Nick Alexander said.
The Palo Alto-based company officially launched in Austin today after the end of a monthlong “beta” test period. Yoshi operates in three other U.S. metro areas: the San Francisco Bay area, Nashville and Atlanta.
Customers sign up through an app. Yoshi does require a ‘critical density” in a given neighborhood before servicing a car parked at a house.
In addition to filling up your tank, Yoshi promises to also check the tread and air pressure on your tires, adding air as needed.
Yoshi offers additional vehicle maintenance services, such as oil changes, car washes and detailing. (Tire rotations are not available.)
And through a partnership with Firestone, Yoshi can help users buy and install new tires when needed.
“Our goal is, as a subscriber you never have to think about gas or even any of the routine maintenance associated with your car anymore,” Alexander said.
The idea for Yoshi, founded in 2015, came after a friend of one of the company’s four co-founders was robbed at a gas station. The experience was traumatic for him, Alexander said, made worse by the fact that he still felt compelled to return to that station because it was near his house.
Yoshi came to Austin because of demand from people signing up on the company’s website and saying they were interested in the service, Alexander said. “We just looked at that list and Austin is by far No. 1 in terms of people who signed up,” he said.
There are several gas delivery startups operating in the U.S. right now, such as WeFuel, Purple, Booster Fuels and Filld. But Yoshi is the first to come to Austin. WeFuel, for instance, is only available in four Silicon Valley area cities. Purple is in the Los Angeles area and in San Diego.
TechCrunch reported that Yoshi raised $2.1 million in venture funding in January. Yoshi also works with companies who want to offer their service as a company perk. One of Yoshi’s clients is Nashville-based hospital chain HCA. But most of the company’s customers are individuals.