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Google adds EV charging stations to Google maps
Responsible car wash
scheme launches at
House of Lords, London
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Paypal has struck a partnership with Chevron to
allow drivers to pay at the pump via the online
payment giant, the latest move in the company’s
bid to increase its partnerships with sizable United
Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron
U.S.A. Inc., announced the deal this month,
saying the move would provide its customers with
an additional payment option while reducing time
spent at the pump.
The service — set to launch in early 2019 — will
allow Chevron customers to pay for gasoline and
car washes with PayPal via a mobile app created
by the gasoline giant, available on iPhone and
Android. Terms of the deal between PayPal and
Chevron, which also owns the gas stations Texaco
and Caltex, were not disclosed.
Robert Clarkson, PayPal’s general manager
for North America, said the two companies could
launch a loyalty rewards program to incentivise
fuel-buyers to pay with PayPal in the future.
“It really is trying to change it from kind of
a transaction out of necessity to an actual destination
(to buy fuel), and we’ve really been working
closely with them to understand their customers
and to build a loyalty program,” said Clarkson.
The latest update to Google Maps adds searchable
electric vehicle charging stations to the app,
improving functionality for those with all-electric
and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The feature allows Google Maps users to
locate nearby standalone charging stations and
businesses offering charging by using a keyword
search. The listings will display additional helpful
information beyond the address, including what
type of charge port is available, how many charge
ports are at the location and what charging speed
the ports offer.
A new responsible car wash scheme has launched
at the House of Lords in London, which aims to
tackle modern slavery and a lack of compliance
within the industry. It will target labour abuse
and lack of adherence to regulations at hand car
washes, whilst enabling consumers to identify a
compliant car wash.
Operators who are members of the Scheme will
be able to be recognised by consumers as ones
who: look after their workers, trade legally, adhere
to environmental regulations and take care of their
customers and their vehicles.
The Responsible Car Wash Scheme has been
developed alongside and with the support of the
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, HSE
and other Government bodies in response to
concerns regarding irregular and sometimes illegal
practices in the expanding hand car wash industry.
It is estimated that there are up to 20,000 hand
car washes in the UK and whilst some operate
legally, Government agencies have seen issues at
many sites including slavery and safety issues.