At face value, Tesla and the ‘American Legislative Exchange Council’ (ALEC), a conservative lobbying group, have little in common considering Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the advent of renewable energy and ALEC has often pushed for regulations to slow the growth of renewable energy, primarily residential solar installations.

But things are changing with the new political climate in the US and Tesla will need to change some minds if it wants to get the legislature on the side of climate. Now the company is not necessarily getting in bed with ALEC, but it did host a party for the launch of the group’s new Energy Innovation Project at its Washington, D.C. showroom – pictured above. expand full story