German energy company E.on SE and Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd today announced a strategic partnership on electric mobility and renewable distributed energy projects.

Under the cooperation agreement, signed at the Geneva Motor Show, the companies will look into pilot and commercial opportunities in the areas of electric vehicles (EV) charging, vehicle-to-grid services and grid integration, as well as distributed energy generation and storage.

The partnership has already started in Denmark where customers get a charging station for their home and an energy flat rate to charge their Nissan EV, E.on said. The partners plan to expand the tie-up to other European countries in the near future.

The partnership will use Nissan's vehicle-to-grid infrastructure and advanced bi-directional charging technology. E.on said that thanks to its experience in home solar and storage, the partners will be able to offer renewable energy solutions to Nissan customers and optimise their electricity costs.

The agreement was signed by Frank Meyer, head of innovation and B2C solutions at E.on, and Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe.

"Our goal is for Nissan to be recognised as the go-to automotive partner for energy services, with the ultimate ambition to provide free electricity for our EV customers," said Willcox.

"The partnership between Nissan and E.ON is driven by our desire to set the electric car free," commented E.on chief operating officer Karsten Wildberger.

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