Fuel generally represents 60% of a company’s total fleet operating budget, yet it is still commonly viewed by fleet managers as an unavoidably inefficient expense that must simply be absorbed.1 However, it’s not just finances that take a hit from regular refueling; drivers are diverted an average of two miles out of the way to get gas, spending about eight minutes at the station each time, with every stop adding more than 20 minutes to their trip and three pounds of CO₂ to the atmosphere on average.2 Even with a relatively small fleet, these figures make a convincing case for having fuel delivered through a mobile fuel delivery service.


Refueling a fleet – especially a large one – can quickly become a huge, logistical headache for a fleet manager. With productivity being a key profit driver, any time a vehicle spends away from the job at hand translates to money being lost – not to mention the difficulty in keeping up with payments, billing and potential fuel card fraud.

Mobile refueling, however, can remove both the time and hassle involved in replenishing your fleet’s fuel, since fuel can be delivered directly to your vehicles or site during periods of planned downtime. Meanwhile, invoices, payments and reconciliation are all streamlined thanks to what is typically a single, itemized invoice for your entire fleet’s fuel costs. That means you can avoid wasted miles and unnecessary administrative work, unlocking time that can be spent on more important tasks.


These extra miles driven for fill-ups – which, for a fleet of 100, can equate to 20,300 annually – don’t just cost time, but money too.2 On average, gas stations trips add $6653 in annual fueling costs per vehicle, and that’s before even considering the productivity losses from having a proportion of your fleet stuck on the forecourt.4

Because mobile refueling saves you money in a number of areas - not just productivity and mileage, but through reduce wear and tear as well - it can help lower your total cost of ownership over the long term. It can also help to streamline the fuel reconciliation process, by avoiding the manual errors that can sometimes arise when operators are forced to record their own tank dips or measure their own fuel sales


Over the course of a single month, a fleet vehicle can eliminate an average of 3.45 pounds of CO₂ for each off-route refueling trip.2 With sustainability becoming an increasingly important agenda item across the US, this figure should spark fleet managers into action, whether that means introducing new environmental initiatives or doubling down on existing practices.

The benefit of adding mobile refueling to your sustainability toolkit is that it can help target the three most important emissions abatement goals:

  • Avoidance – Removing emissions from your operation by cutting down vehicle mileage
  • Reduction – Lowering emissions intensity through switching to cleaner, alternative fuels
  • Compensation – Mitigating unavoidable emissions by choosing to offset emissions


With the benefits laid out in full, the question then becomes, what should you look for in a mobile refueling service? With specific needs likely to vary based on the size of your fleet or nature of your business, it can be useful to choose a mobile fueling provider that can cover all bases. That way, if your fleet grows or priorities change over time, you needn’t worry about having to switch services. Shell TapUp is the only branded fuel provider backed by more than a century of Shell’s reliability, reputation, and service.

Shell TapUp gives you access to a range of high-quality diesel and alternative fuels, including Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline in the US, with Shell GTL Fuel and HVO fuel available in European markets. On top of this, Shell TapUp offers fleet managers the opportunity to compensate for CO₂ emissions through Nature-based Solutions.

Shell’s technology can also help ensure any actions taken by your fleet ladder up to greater efficiency. For instance, our auto-logging platform provides access to real-time fuel data, allowing you to track every gallon of fuel and therefore reduce the hours taken to refuel fleets. Finally, the platform also helps prevent the damaging consequences of cross filling.

All this adds up to enhanced fuel efficiency and productivity, alongside reduced emissions. You can calculate how much you can save by using Shell TapUp mobile fueling.

1 Mike Antich. “Containing Fuel Spend Is a Top Fleet Focus Despite Price Stability.” Automotive Fleet. December 17, 2019.

2 Geotab. “The business impact of off-route fleet refueling.” Geotab.com. April 27, 2022.

3 Calculated using an average of $0.49 vehicle cost per miles ($0.25/mile ownership cost [Geotab] + $0.24/mile operating costs [AAA]) multiplied by 2.2 miles (average off-route miles traveled per fuel stop [Geotab]). Labor cost is calculated from average of $24.31 hourly labor cost ($18.70 average hourly wage plus $5.61 average driver benefits cost) multiplied by 20 minutes off-route time and station dwell time [Geotab].

4 (0.2464 ownership costs per mile (AAA) + $0.2444 additional fuel, maintenance, repair and tire costs per mile (AAA) X 2.2 miles off-route distance per gas station trip (GeoTab)).

5 Labor cost is calculated from average of $23.40 hourly labor cost ($18 average hourly wage [ZipRecruiter] plus $5.40 average driver benefits cost [US Bureau of Labor Statistics) multiplied by 20 minutes off-route time and station dwell time [Geotab].