By Annie Sciacca
The Mercury News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Forget ping pong tables and free lunch, mobile gas delivery is one of the most popular perks some Silicon Valley companies are now offering to employees.
SAN JOSE, Calif.
Many Bay Area companies strive to offer a slew of perks to attract and retain employees.
On-site childcare, company cafeterias and in-office bars are among the popular ones.
Here’s another one for those who hate the chore of going to the gas station: fueling employees’ cars at their office parking lots while they work.
That is what area startup Booster Fuels is offering for companies and office parks.
The “mobile gas station” is the latest trend in on-demand services popping up to serve those on a quest for convenience. And it’s growing its presence in the Bay Area, adding almost 30 companies or campuses each month.
Founder and CEO Frank Mycroft attributes that growth to the company’s promise of convenience and the fact that the gas it provides tends to be about 10 to 15 cents cheaper than what’s available at local gas stations.
“For us, it’s all about efficiency,” Mycroft said.
Companies and office parks or campuses sign up with Booster Fuels to provide employees with the service, some companies pay for the gas, too, while others simply sign up to offer the access.
Employees can then place an order for their car to be filled up while they’re at work, Monday through Friday (those with cars that have locked gas caps will have to pop the cap on the day they order fuel).
Manasvi Shah, who works at a company called Insurity in an office in an area business park, signed up for the service as soon as it became available there a few months ago.