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Here's a real life metric:

40 to 50 hp for 2000 lbs vehicle: Old VW bug and VW diesel. Barely adequate for highway work, really better for city speeds, you'll definitely hold up traffic on hills.

100 hp for 2500 lbs: Modern economy car, adequate and safe.

300 hp for 3000 lbs: Sports car territory.

My electric currently has about 50 hp. It's adequate for city speeds for level ground, it'll even do low highway speeds, but I consider it inadequate for hills in traffic or freeway traffic.
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