A filling station, fueling station,
garage, gasbar (Canada), gas station (United States
and Canada), petrol bunk (India), petrol garage,
petrol kiosk (Singapore), petrol station (United
Kingdom, Ireland and Hong Kong), service station,
or servo (Australia), is a facility which sells
fuel and usually lubricants for motor vehicles.
The most common fuels sold today are gasoline (gasoline
or gas in the U.S. and Canada, typically petrol
elsewhere), diesel fuel, and electric energy. Filling
stations that sell only electric energy are also
known as charging stations.
Fuel dispensers are used to pump petrol/gasoline,
diesel, CNG, CGH2, HCNG, LPG, LH2, ethanol fuel,
biofuels like biodiesel, kerosene, or other types
of fuel into vehicles and calculate the financial
cost of the fuel transferred to the vehicle. Fuel
dispensers are also known as bowsers (in some parts
of Australia), petrol pumps (in most Commonwealth
countries) or gas pumps (in North America).
Many filling stations also combine small convenience
stores, and some also sell propane or butane and
have added shops to their primary business. Conversely,
some chain stores, such as supermarkets, discount
superstores, warehouse clubs, or traditional convenience
stores, have provided filling stations on the premises.
The term "gas station" is mostly used
in the US, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean,
where the fuel is known as "gasoline"
or "gas" as in "gas pump". In
some regions of Canada, the term "gas bar"
is used. Elsewhere in the English-speaking world,
mainly in the Commonwealth, the fuel is known as
"petrol", and the term "petrol station"
or "petrol pump" is used. In the United
Kingdom and South Africa "garage" is still
commonly used, even though the petrol station may
have no service/maintenance facilities which would
justify this description. Similarly, in Australia,
the term "service station" ("servo")
describes any petrol station. In Japanese English,
it is called a "gasoline stand". In Indian
English, it is called a petrol pump or a petrol
bunk. In some regions of America and Australia,
many filling stations have a mechanic on duty, but
this is uncommon in other parts of the world.