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Rough price for 14-50R installation in Maryland?

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We have an existing 30 amp 220V outlet in our garage for a wall heater installed by the previous owner. We had an electrician come out and give us an estimate - he said that the existing outlet is too low for the cable length on a typical charger (it is near the floor) so he needs to install a junction box, and he can add a new 14-50R outlet (for the 32 A charger) plus restore the existing outlet to the junction box. His formal quote:

Furnish and install 14-50R tapped off of existing wiring. Includes installing junction box and re-installing existing receptacle. $660 total.

This is about double the expected cost - considering they is no need to install the 220V wiring/breaker. Is this quote unreasonable?
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Why not just put the charger where the existing wiring is and put a hanger above it for the EVSE cord?
I realize that's not the most slightly arrangement but it works, and won't cost you a dime extra for installation as long as you buy a charger with the right sort if plug. Alternatively, there may be enough wire in the wall to pull out and hard-wire the charger. 18" off the floor is enough that it wont get wet unless you're in a flood zone.
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