By bringing you gas, the Boston-area startup promises convenience, lower environmental impact

                Getting gas these days is an expensive chore, but one startup, now operating out of west Boston, promises to bring gas to your home, all while helping the environment.  And they say the cost is comparable.  Carmyn hopes to change the way we fuel up, moving drivers away from the brick-and-mortar gas station.  It's an enticing notion for Kate Hazen, whose car is now being filled by a Carmyn truck without leaving her Sudbury driveway.  "Another stop is time out of my day," she said.  "It's really cheap not having another thing, and it's actually cheaper than going to some of the gas stations around here."  "When you go to the gas station, how do you know if you're getting a good price or a bad price?"  asked Carmelyn founder Ben Slayden.  "The reason I'm actually close -- actually cheaper -- than some full-service stations is that I don't have to buy expensive land on which to build a gas station."  Slayden says the pricing model for Carmyn's gas delivery service is simple and transparent.  He says that on any given day, Carmyn charges the average price for a gallon of gas in the county it's located on AAA.com, plus a 10% service charge.  Slayden buys gas wholesale and says a fill up he takes to a driver's house costs only $2 to $3 more than at a traditional gas station.  But there's more to riding Slayden than making life more comfortable.  He promises that Carmyn will take half of the money she makes and build solar energy projects in the communities she serves, offsetting all those emissions from combustion vehicles.  “What is society doing to decarbonise those 274 million (gas) vehicles?”  Slayden said.  "The answer is nothing. We are doing nothing."  He said a trip to Patagonia, at the southern tip of South America, showed him the urgency of the climate crisis.  But with hundreds of millions of gas-powered cars still on American roads and only a small fraction of electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles purchased each year, Slayden says the nation isn't moving fast enough.  "We have to do something today," he said.  Troy Ginther runs Natural Stone Wall Solutions and a landscaping subsidiary and says he has been trying to reduce the environmental impact of his businesses by installing solar panels and purchasing power equipment for landscaping.  Using Carmyn to refuel the vehicles after hours on site was a breeze.  “I know it's completed here instead of a six-man crew in big trucks chasing a gas station, being time-inefficient and also increasing our carbon footprint,” Ginther said.  Brian Whittemore, co-owner of Pure Solutions, an organic lawn care and tick and mosquito control company, came to the same conclusion.  at the gas station,” he said. “We have been able to save on downtime and also fuel consumption to and from the gas station.” So even if there is an immediate environmental impact that shouldn't be Granted, Slayden says his ultimate goal is to offset all emissions for Carmen fuel cars. He hopes Carmyn will have its first solar installation in Sudbury within two years. Ultimately, the goal is for Carmenn's renewable energy company you get bigger than the fuel supply business."The more we can actually serve, the more solar power we can actually build," he said.
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                                                            <p>Getting gas these days is an expensive chore, but one startup, now operating out of west Boston, promises to bring gas to your home, all while helping the environment.  And they say the cost is comparable. 

Carmyn hopes to change the way we fuel up, moving drivers away from the brick-and-mortar gas station. It’s an enticing notion for Kate Hazen, whose car is now being filled by a Carmyn truck without leaving her Sudbury driveway.

“Another stop is time out of my day,” she said. “It’s really cheap not having another thing, and it’s actually cheaper than going to some of the gas stations around here.”

“When you go to the gas station, how do you know if you’re getting a good price or a bad price?” asked Carmelyn founder Ben Slayden. “The reason I’m actually close — actually cheaper — than some full-service stations is that I don’t have to buy expensive land on which to build a gas station.”

Slayden says the pricing model for Carmen’s gas delivery service is simple and transparent. He says that on any given day, Carmyn charges the average price for a gallon of gas in the county it’s located on AAA.com, plus a 10% service charge. Slayden buys his gas in bulk and says a fill-up he takes to a driver’s house costs only $2 to $3 more than at a traditional gas station.

But there’s more to riding Slayden than just making life more comfortable. He promises that Carmyn will take half of the money he makes and build solar energy projects in the communities he serves, offsetting all those emissions from combustion vehicles.

“What is society doing to decarbonise those 274 million (gas-powered) vehicles?” Slayden said. “The answer is nothing. We’re not doing anything.”

He said a trip to Patagonia, at the southern tip of South America, showed him the urgency of the climate crisis. But with hundreds of millions of gas-powered cars still on American roads and only a small fraction of electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles purchased each year, Slayden says the nation isn’t moving fast enough.

“We have to do something today,” he said.

Troy Ginther runs Natural Stone Wall Solutions and a landscaping subsidiary and says he has tried to reduce the environmental impact of his operations by installing solar panels and purchasing power landscaping equipment. Using Carmyn to refuel the vehicles after hours on site was a breeze.

“I know it’s completed here instead of a six-man crew in big trucks chasing a gas station, being time-inefficient and also increasing our carbon footprint,” Ginther said.

Brian Whittemore, co-owner of Pure Solutions, an organic lawn care, tick and mosquito control company, came to the same conclusion.

“Previously, refueling for us was, you know, paying one of our technicians out of their day on duty to go to the gas station,” he said. “We were able to save on downtime and also on fuel consumption to and from the petrol station.”

So while there’s an immediate environmental impact that shouldn’t be discounted, Slayden says his ultimate goal is to offset all emissions from Carmyn-powered cars. He hopes Carmyn will have its first solar installation at Sudbury within two years. Ultimately, the goal is for Carmenn’s renewable energy company to outgrow the fuel delivery business.

“The more we can actually serve, the more solar we can actually build,” he said.

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