I definitely remember folks in Florida freaking out in 1974. There were lines, odd/even days, etc. It was pointed out just having everyone start topping off their tanks was enough to create a shortage, not to mention the additional traffic at gas stations as they tried to keep them topped off.
There was some talk of electric cars back then, and a few "science experiments" trotted out, of course with lead batteries. There wouldn't have been any meaningful supply to throw at panic-induced demand, and unlike today's EVs were nowhere near comparable to the gas cars of the day.
More fuel efficient cars were another matter though. Quite a few folks took an interest in them and as I recall that was about the time Honda and Toyota got a foothold in the market. People were talking about MPG maybe for the first time. I guess they figured if you were only going to be able to get 8 gallons getting 30mpg was a huge advantage over getting 7mpg.
White 2012 SV delivered 10 Dec 2011 returned 25 Nov 2014 replaced with stopgap ICE Sentra
[35 months] [35K miles] [9 Bars]
2013 Volt replaced after 36 months/30k miles with ICE Rogue
2016 SV-adjacent May 2016 lost 4th bar March 2018