Pressed for time? There are no shortages of apps and services that come to you. You can get a meal in a box, an Uber ride with the click of a finger, and pretty much anything at any time within the hour on Amazon Prime Now.
Reston has a new service: Gas-e, which will skip you a trip to the gas station.
Gas-e is a new app-directed service now available here, the first place in what the company hopes will be several spots in Northern Virginia, says Thomas Monson, a founder of the company.
Gas-e works like this: Users park their car and request a fill up via the app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. They choose what kind of gas they prefer (regular unleaded, premium, etc.). Gas-e then delivers gas directly into their cars (clients need to leave the gas door popped open) and charges the credit card on file.
Users get a text when the truck is on its way and another one when the car’s tank is filled. Prices are comparable to those at nearby gas stations.
Reston Now had a few questions for Monson. Here’s what he had to say:
Reston Now: How did you get the idea for Gas-e?
Thomas Monson: The idea for gas-e came one day at a gas station watching a mother manage two screaming kids in the back seat. I felt like there had to be a way to help make her day run a bit smooth.
The car that she was driving sits idle for more 90 percent of the day, so why fill it up during the busiest time of her day? We can do this during the work day or at night. Thus, offering the highest level of convenience and flexibility in achieving an uninterrupted commute. Now if we could only do something about DC traffic.
RN: How long did it take to get up and running? Did you have local investors?
TM: It’s taken about nine months from inception, to testing, to going live. We have one local angel investor.
RN: How long has it been in business?
TM: We’ve been in a closed beta for the last few month, prior to opening the platform to the general public, as we’ve attempted to find any possible breaks in our process/procedures.
RN: Where else in NoVa can you access the service?
TM: Currently, we are only operating in Reston, with plans to expand to Great Falls, McLean and Herndon.
RN: How many clients overall so far?
TM:We’ve had over a thousand sign ups in our first week. It seems that some of them have come from neighboring areas, which further supports our plan to expand quickly.
RN: Why is Reston a good place for this?
TM: Reston is one of the countries most pristine planned communities and has been ranked as a Top 10 Place to Live in America. Upper-level incomes, great roads, and probably the strongest suburban representation of Fortune 500 Companies in the US make Reston the absolute perfect community to introduce this service.