ExxonMobil has become the first gas company to embrace Apple Pay. Fulfilling an announcement from Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this year, ExxonMobil is now accepting mPayments at over 6000 gas stations throughout most of its US network, the company has announced.
It isn’t done directly through the Apple Pay app, but rather through ExxonMobil’s Speedpass+ app, which allows users to set Apple Pay as their main payment option if they wish. In a statement announcing the support, ExxonMobil emphasized the mPayment option’s security and convenience, with a particular emphasis on the latter; VP Matt Bergeron asserted that “ExxonMobil wants to make filling up your vehicle even more convenient and the Speedpass+ app has been designed to save you time at the pump.”
It’s good news for Apple Pay, which has sought to extend its support among merchants in the US – and ExxonMobil is certainly a big merchant. It also helps the company to compete with rivals like PayPal, which has itself sought to enable mPayment at gas stations in the UK via a partnership with Shell.
For its part, ExxonMobil plans to expand this support, with an expected 8,000 participating locations by the middle of this year.