Electric scooters and motorcycles are on display at ZAP's headquarters. ZAP started out with electric bikes in the 1990s, but a lot of companies in China and Taiwan produced counterfeit knockoffs, which hurt the business. CEO Steven Schneider doesn't expect counterfeit models of the company's electric cars; it takes too much engineering, he said.
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