The free charging point for electric cars was launched in a car park at Braehead, near Renfrew, yesterday, and was almost immediately given the thumbs up by mother-of-three Karen Bain.
It is one of four points which are able to top up a battery fully within three or four hours at the site.
Mrs Bain, of Uplawmoor, East Renfrewshire, is now able to get her all-electric Renault Zoe hatchack topped up with power during her shopping trips.
More of the power points are expected to pop up around Scotland as car manufacturers launch electric cars over the coming years.
Mrs Bain, 42, whose car has a range of about 130 miles from its lithium battery pack, said: "This is really handy for me as I can nip into the centre for half an hour, have a coffee and by the time I come out, my car is charged and ready to go.
"I used to spend up to £500 a month on petrol when I had my previous car, but now when I come to into Braehead I can get the car charged for free. It's a huge saving."
The facility has been enabled by a grant from the government transport agency, Transport Scotland.
The point charges a car battery to 80% of its capacity in only 30 minutes.
Robert Smith, treasurer of the Electrical Vehicle Association Scotland, who owns an electric Nissan Leaf, added: If you want to drive a longer way from home, being able to re-charge the electric car makes the journey possible.
"It opens up more opportunities and encourages people to use electric cars."