I wouldn’t say that’s entirely true. Lithium batteries are way more of a long term problem than hydrogen. While hydrogen does take more energy to produce (for now) in the long term you can reuse hydrogen components far more safely than lithium ion batteries. Once a lithium battery is spent, all you can really do is recycle it for parts. Then the issue that they are extremely toxic. EV battery cars still take energy from the grid to charge, which Still has a level of pollution.
So when they explode, or catch fire, or people throw them in the trash and they end up in the water supply, that’s a problem hydrogen parts won’t have. In a perfect world, everyone would dispose of lithium safely but they don’t.
You would be better off pouring gasoline in your bottle of water than lithium. Hydrogen just disappears into the air, as that it’s natural tendency.
Then the other issue is that lithium is not infinite, at our current rate of global use, it will eventually run out sooner than you think. Some estimate as early as 2025. So we can’t sustain lithium production long term.
Thank you for the kind words by re way
I guess the future will tell what ends being best: any win for the planet is a win for all of us. It’s just that Tesla created all this hype around batteries and that’s all people know right now. Hydrogen will have its place