I found a post on the Plugs and Cars Blog about a presentation given on Tuesday by Richard Steinberg, Mini-E program manager. There was a reference about the presentation including mention about Mini considering lease extensions. Sure enough right there at the end of the presentation he mentions that it is being investigated to address a bridge to a next vehicle.
Rich, please think about cutting us some slack on the monthly payments.
My brother happens to be a coach at his alma mater.