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Topic # 222796 28-Aug-2017 21:27
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I noticed a lot of Mobil stores seem to be closed for construction work, with most I saw missing their petrol pumps. Then I heard on the radio a commercial about exciting changes coming to Mobil, and that got me curious... does anyone know what they're actually doing?


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  Reply # 1854398 28-Aug-2017 21:35
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perhaps upgrading to the pumps that can do all 3 grades of fuel?





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  Reply # 1854402 28-Aug-2017 21:49
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richms:

 

perhaps upgrading to the pumps that can do all 3 grades of fuel?

 

 

Thought they did that already, possibily adding pumps that can do electric also.


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1854403 28-Aug-2017 21:49
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Yeah I'd say that sounds likely too. Nothing too exciting then. I was hoping for something like electric charger parking spots or something. It would even fit with their tag line of "Energy lives here".

 

A couple had their shops totally boarded up too, so perhaps some upgrades there at the same time. Makes sense to while they're closed.


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  Reply # 1854405 28-Aug-2017 21:56
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The only change I've seen at updated Mobil petrol stations I've been too is that the new pumps have prepay that actually works. Otherwise no change (and so seems an expensive exercise).


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  Reply # 1854454 28-Aug-2017 23:10
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Wouldn't electric stations next to petrol be dangerous, due to the potential of sparks? I mean they have warning signs that you can't use your mobile devices near pumps for this reason, even though that  has supposedly been debunked.


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  Reply # 1854456 28-Aug-2017 23:22
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Wouldn't electric stations next to petrol be dangerous, due to the potential of sparks? I mean they have warning signs that you can't use your mobile devices near pumps for this reason, even though that  has supposedly been debunked.

 

 

They are set up to not connect the charging current under any load, it will not power up the low voltage AC or DC feed until the pilot wires are connected and they have checked the earth integrity to the car and negotiated type of charge etc. That is why you cant just charge an electric car up with a passive cable, they all have active stuff in them to let the car know what current they can take etc.





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  Reply # 1854457 28-Aug-2017 23:22
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Isn't a whole lot of people parking/charging on the forecourt for 20 minutes each on a holiday weekend while you wait a future vision of hell?


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  Reply # 1854461 28-Aug-2017 23:29
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Isn't a whole lot of people parking/charging on the forecourt for 20 minutes each on a holiday weekend while you wait a future vision of hell?

 

 

They already do that when filling up and then getting coffees for everyone in the car, deciding what drinks to buy, going to the loo etc. Would be able to pack more EV chargers into the same space anyway since there wouldnt be the clearance that a fuel pump requires around it etc.





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  Reply # 1854504 29-Aug-2017 06:47
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richms:

 

elpenguino:

 

Isn't a whole lot of people parking/charging on the forecourt for 20 minutes each on a holiday weekend while you wait a future vision of hell?

 

 

They already do that when filling up and then getting coffees for everyone in the car, deciding what drinks to buy, going to the loo etc. Would be able to pack more EV chargers into the same space anyway since there wouldnt be the clearance that a fuel pump requires around it etc.

 

 

@richms, how so? (with regard to packing more EV chargers in). The way I see it, you would still have the same amount of cars per pump as is now... there is only so many cars that fit on a forecourt. We might find oneday the canopy and pumps get booted and everything onsite becomes angle parking around a "centre roundabout".  Park up and plug in.   Imagine watching people forgetting if they have to reverse in or have to nose in?  I can see muppets swinging cables and flicking them across boots.  fun. 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1854524 29-Aug-2017 08:13
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Bit like a calfateria, then? All sucking from different teats!!


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  Reply # 1854528 29-Aug-2017 08:21
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Rebranding their fuels and multiple fuels at selected outlets. New "Additive" improved fuel.




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  Reply # 1854540 29-Aug-2017 08:56
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Hopefully they are changing the colours on their pump handles to match the rest of the companies. Currently I avoid Mobil as I'm too paranoid that I'll accidentally put petrol in my diesel car because everywhere else black = diesel, but at Mobil its blueish or something.




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  Reply # 1854541 29-Aug-2017 08:56
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Thanks :) They must be expecting a good return on it to go to the refitting and down time expenses.


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  Reply # 1855000 29-Aug-2017 22:56
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Mobile might have found their market share was slipping due to a perception/reality of too many clapped out stores / tired branding etc.


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  Reply # 1855023 29-Aug-2017 23:37
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Hopefully they will install more Diesel pumps. Quite a few Mobil's only have 1 double sided pump that has Diesel. And you always get plonkers stopping at that one to get petrol. While ignoring the other 5 petrol only pumps. And then they look at you funny when you pull up behind them, and you know they are thinking "why doesn't that guy just use one of the other available pumps?" As it hasn't clicked to them that your car is a diesel, and they are parked in front of the only diesel pump.

 

And even worse when they leave their car there, and go to get coffee / subway / wait in line for ages etc.

 

If Mobil don't want to spend money on installing more Diesel pumps. Hopefully they could turn the diesel pumps into "Diesel only" pumps. To force petrol car owners to use the petrol only lanes.






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