Shell?s yellow seashell logo is ubiquitous in the US, where it adorns more than 140,000 gas stations, and it?s equally omnipresent around the world. One goal unites the international chain?s thousands of locations: keeping cars on the road without degrading the environment. It might sound like an oxymoron, but Shell is making headway. Their progress looks slightly different depending on whether you approach the company as a current customer, or a customer in the year 3000.
As a current Shell station customer, you can pump fuels backed by top-tier scientific research on fuel efficiency. Shell?s production process often involves blending petrols and diesels with biofuels, which minimize carbon dioxide emissions, or gas-to-liquid gasoil, which improves efficiency. Their high-quality motor oils boost efficiency, too, lubricating engines and minimizing the energy they waste.
As a customer in the year 3000, however, you?ll see the fruits of Shell?s current investments in alternative energy. Behind the scenes, the company experts are exploring natural gas, wind, and other lower-carbon replacements for traditional gasoline, rather than trying to fill gas tanks with really strong coffee. Through partnerships with scientists and innovators, Shell helps the world explore as-yet-unheard-of energy sources, too, aggressively pursuing a more sustainable future.
Happy Hippo All-Vehicle Wash is part of the Washman family of facilities that's cleaned nearly 14.5 million vehicles, its name a playful reference to its ability to accommodate oversized rides such as RVs and buses. Of course, smaller cars are welcome, too, and all vehicles are de-grimed using a combination of eco-friendly cleansers, computer-controlled sprays?instead of brushes?recycled, filtered water, and soft cloths. Happy Hippo's touchless dryers ensure a spot-free finish, and, much like a visit to the DMV in a dream, the entire process often takes only three minutes or less.
As a co-op of independent and family-owned garages, AutoCare Northwest has two primary requirements for membership: ASE-certified technicians and the NAPA nationwide warranty. Whether in Portland or Oregon City, each participating auto-care center is manned by highly trained technicians, who offer a range of services—from simple oil changes to major repairs—backed by NAPA's Peace of Mind 12-month or 12,000-mile written warranty. The crews install quality NAPA parts, most of which include a lifetime guarantee for as long as the customer owns the car or remembers its middle name.
Honest-1 Auto Care's ASE-certified technicians keep vehicles in good health with surgery-like precision and care. Mechanics can rotate tires, repair the brakes or engine, or replace the vehicle's oil with synthetic-blend lubricant that matches the engine's recommended viscosity, ensuring the motor runs smoothly and has a competitive edge in the swimsuit portion of the 21-point inspection. As an environmentally-friendly business, Honest-1 Auto Care concludes services with eco-friendly disposal of old motor oil, and, if needed, lubrication of the chassis. Along with top-notch vehicle maintenance, Honest-1 Auto Care's centers cultivate a family-friendly environment complete with children's play areas, complimentary beverages, and large-screen TVs.
Gateway Tire Center looks after the rubber that meets the road with four-wheel tire alignments and rotations, as well as balancing services. When old tires have reached their end, Gateway sells and installs their replacements, with enough 13- to 22-inch tires onsite to shatter the dreams of the area caveman who thinks he has just invented the tire. Gateway can also repair brakes, maintain cars' suspensions, and replace tires on trucks and trailers.