Once upon a time it was a drug - now it is an energy resource. Lithium batteries are now touted as the earth saver in that all-electric cars are going to stop global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil, etc. But there is the 800 lb gorilla in the room.
Lithium is another non-renewable energy source, and the US has little. See Mining Information site. Not surprisingly there is an oil connection. Interesting too is that Bolivia and Chile appear to be the major lithium sources. How come poor countries seem to have much needed resources yet their population mass share little in resulting wealth? Another story.
Isn't more research needed before we switch from one nonrenewable resource to another? How about this from Volvo - using the car body as a battery? Isn't it best to explore the potential benefits of alternative fuels as well as the use of hybrid advances?