Gas station chain Chevron is planning to integrate support for Apple Pay checkouts at its pumps starting early next year, according to Bloomberg. Chevron has already supported Apple Pay inside many of its stores since Apple’s iPhone-based mobile payment service launched earlier this year in late October.
“We are thrilled to innovate in the area of retail fuel transactions by making the customer experience for payment and loyalty as smooth, seamless and secure as possible,” said Glenn Johnson, general manager for Americas products marketing sales and services at Chevron. “Offering Apple Pay to our customers further solidifies our commitment to delivering high-quality products and services while in a secure and convenient manner.”
Chevron’s launch of mobile contactless payments at its gas pumps—and more importantly Apple Pay—will provide customers with more secure payment methods than traditional credit and debit card payment options.
Apple Pay, of course, allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to securely and conveniently checkout at retailers and merchant venues using supported debit and credit cards without actually using the physical card. The process prevents credit card numbers from being stored by merchants while also securing basic personal information like the card holder’s name.
Apple previously announced Extra Mile, a Chevron-owned convenient store, and Texaco, which is also owned by Chevron Corporation, as Apple Pay partners. The news of Chevron’s commitment to bring Apple Pay checkouts to the pumps in early 2015 adds to growing availability of the mobile payment service.
A number of other retailers, restaurants, and merchants have been accepting Apple Pay at checkout since its late October debut including McDonalds, Panera Bread, Walgreens, and many more. Since then, Apple has added additional companies including Winn-Dixie/Bi-Lo, Staples, and seen adoption by sporting venues including both MLB 2014 World Series ballparks.
Apple Pay is currently limited to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users in the United States, although we learned this morning that banks in the United Kingdom are currently in discussions to support Apple’s mobile payment service going into next year.
@SingAsana We are working alongside Apple to develop solutions to integrate with Apple Pay at the pump by early 2015.— Chevron (@Chevron) December 29, 2014
Update: Despite tweeting that it was planning “to integrate with Apple Pay at the pump by early 2015” (as seen above), Chevron later replied to another Twitter user that “a timeline is not set” for the arrival of mobile payments at the pump. This second tweet directly contradicted the earlier message.
@SingAsana To clarify, Chevron is working alongside Apple to integrate Apple Pay at the pump, but a timeline is not set.— Chevron (@Chevron) December 29, 2014