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Volkswagen says Tesla has 10-year start in electric cars

FILE PHOTO: The company logo is pictured on a Tesla Model X electric car in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - United States electric car manufacturer Tesla <TSLA.O> has a 10-year start on rivals when it comes to building electric cars and software, Thomas Ulbrich, the Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> brand's board member for electromobility said on Thursday.

"Tesla is an impressive manufacturer," Ulbrich said. "It is a motivator for us. Tesla has 10 years more experience. But we are very quick in catching up."

(Reporting by Edward Taylor, Editing by Timothy Heritage)