Originally Posted by OldGoldwing
Downsides: the stations are not ubiquitous and take some planning to hit - they are usually at a truck stop location or industrial area on the edge of town.
We are planning a major trip across Canada and the US next year. Does this system exist in the US? Does anyone recommend it or not?
They exist in the US but for non-commercial customers they aren't all that great. You might save a penny or two but it will be offset by having to cruise around to find the facility.
They exist primarily to provide commercial customers with fleets of vehicles. Pricing is determined by contract with customers.
One such card lock service I'm familiar with here is Pacific Pride.
Pacific Pride USA
I used to work with the founder when he and I were just starting at an oil company in the late 60's.
Here's their network map: