Some Karachi drivers no longer go to the gas station—and it’s not because they drive electric cars. Gasoline increasingly is being delivered into the fuel tanks of trucks while their owners work or as they spend time resting. It’s a trend in the City of Lights, where logistics companies offer fuss-free fill-ups to the fleet. They include ATS, YGTS, Descon, Inter Ocean Cargo, TCF, Indus Hospital, and TCS Logistics.
“Our drivers just love the convenience. They love that they don’t have to get out of their trucks,’ said Nadeem Yousufzai, Proprietor of YGTS, owner of more than 45 logistics trucks that deliver nationwide. “They love that it’s contactless,” he added, pointing to the pandemic.
“Mobile fueling has existed for years, but it mainly serviced corporate fleets that use diesel”, said, a spokesman for the ATS, he further added, “Quality and Quantity are always the least priority of such companies. We were also facing Quality and Quantity issues as well as en-route fuel theft issues but Delsys has installed sensors in our vehicles, which helps us keep a track of our fuel on their dashboard.”
The practice is known as “mobile fueling on-demand”, Mobile fueling can reduce “total vehicle miles traveled to fuel stations” and lower vapor emissions from fuel station pumps, Sheikh Samad, Spokesperson of TCS Logistics said in a statement.
“Today we provide the most sustainable way to fill up, but we are also fully prepared to evolve with the energy demand needs of the future.” said, Muhammad Omer Khan, CEO of Delsys Technologies Pvt Ltd, who is the custodian of the fuel delivery product EzFuels.
EzFuels uses “mini-tankers” that Omer said are its “secret weapon” for delivering fuel in a more environmentally friendly way. The size of the tankers allows the company to fill them up at a refinery terminal before delivering the fuel to its customers. Fuel stations receive fuel from tractor-trailers that were filled up at refinery terminals. Fuel gets pumped into underground storage tanks before motorists pump it into fuel tanks.
“We are reducing the amount of transfer points, which means reducing the amount of potential for a spill,” Omer further said, “It also cuts vehicle miles traveled because the fuel is delivered to numerous motorists parked at the same location, such as a parking lot.”