Getaround Inc. and Turo Inc., car-sharing companies that have been valued at more than $1 billion by private investors, said Monday that each took at least $5 million through the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program, a government program intended to help small businesses ride out the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The San Francisco-based startups are among the most valuable technology companies to say they applied for and kept financial aid from the loan program after Covid-19 levied a severe toll on the transportation business. Several large companies, including Shake Shack Inc., gave back the money under public pressure.
According to federal data released Monday, each company received between $5 million and $10 million in federal loans approved in late April. Some companies included on the list of loan recipients have said they did not actually apply for or accept the money, casting some doubt on the official data, but Getaround and Turo both confirmed they’d taken the loans, though they didn’t respond to questions about their exact values.
“On a global basis, our business was drastically impacted by the lockdowns and restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic,” Getaround said in an emailed statement. “The PPP program helped reduce the otherwise severe impact on the health of our organization. In turn, this enabled us to continue providing an essential service to the communities we serve.”
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