Epitaxial growth of 3-in, 4° off-axis 4H SiC with addition of HCl has been presented. Good surface morphology with a low defect density has been obtained, even for epi thickness of 38 µm. Comprehensive characterization techniques conducted on the epi material obtained in this process have independently confirmed the high purity and low density of crystalline imperfections. Low temperature PL displays clear free exciton I77 recombination while no L1 line is discernable. DLTS measurements have confirmed a low concentration of Z1/2 and EH6/7 below or in the range of 1011 cm-3. Time resolved PL at room temperature performed on a 38 µm thick epi wafer gives long carrier lifetime in the range of 1.5 to above 5 µsec. PiN diodes with diode area up to 25 mm2 have demonstrated blocking voltages above 900V, with a max electric field of above 2.5 MV/cm.