Couldn't have said it better myself. They want Hydrogen, but they want to get it from natural gas. Well, why don't we save a step and either:
A.) Run vehicles on natural gas directly? or,
B.) Use the natural gas to generate electricity to run BEVs?
Both options already have existing infrastructure, and both transport much better than Hydrogen anyway.
I've noticed that Hydrogen as a fuel source for vehicles only gets talked about when BEVs pose a threat to oil. Once BEVs go un-noticed or disappear, so does Hydrogen. It happened in 2003, and it's happening now. Talks of Hydrogen cars was one factor in the demise of the BEV revolution in the late 90's.
Now, the problem with trying to run cars on natural gas or natural gas-derived Hydrogen. Natural gas, right now, is still more expensive than gasoline (local station cost $2.20 per gasoline gallon equivalent, while gasoline is at $2.03 locally). That's with minimal demand from cars. Once you start driving half a million cars on natural gas or Hydrogen from natural gas, that price is going to shoot up to where gasoline was three years ago. Has anybody noticed any effect on their electricity prices from adding about a million EVs to the global fleet? The gas price crash was due to a lot of factors, but one big one was demand destruction caused by EVs. Funny how a monopolized energy source suffered so badly (for the companies selling oil) by EVs, but how stable a diversified energy source (the electrical grid) stayed under the additional demand. Not only that, but because of the high efficiency of a lithium-ion based electric drive system, overall energy consumption of an EV is 50-80% lower for driving the same distance. Over the last 3 years and 30,000 miles, Bear has consumed 8,114 kWh, roughly 6 months of production for my solar array. The Cavalier it replaced would've consumed 1,200 gallons of gasoline to drive that distance, which is a total energy consumption of 40,200 kWh (each gallon of gasoline contains 33.7 kWh per EPA). So, a BEV reduced my transportation energy usage by 80% over an ICE. To generate and use Hydrogen instead of a lithium-ion battery results in about 30% of the energy consumed in separating the Hydrogen gas being able to be used when the Hydrogen is joined with oxygen at the fuel cell. So, a Hydrogen car's energy consumption would be 27,046 kWh when the Hydrogen was separated from water using electrolysis.
In summary, electricity usage for 30,000 miles of driving:
BEV - 8,114 kWh (including heater and AC usage)
H2 - 27,046 kWh (including electrolysis stage)
ICE - 40,200 kWh (33.7 kWh per gallon at 25 MPG)
Can't argue with the charge/discharge efficiency of the lithium ion battery.